The Albion Fairs
Albion was the general name for a series of fairs that ran throughout East Anglia from 1978 to 1982.
Theses fairs began with the Barsham Medieval Faire in 1972 and developed into a significant feature of rural East Anglia, based on a recreation of a medieval craft fair which would include music, theatre and circus act along with traditional craft stalls.
Old Hall ran these for 4 years in succession on the August bank holiday weekend.
In date order the Albion Fairs were:
The fairs on ‘Dewpond Field’ gave room for the dome, stage and other structures and you could both feed the animals and also camp in the meadow (although it is understood that it was quite a challenge getting everyone to leave the campsite after the weekend festivities had finished!)
Around 2014 The Albion Fair Archive took its exhibition back to Old Hall as part of a Ceilidh. The Fairs archive ‘yurt’ was set up in the chapel and entertainment was by the SOAS Ceilidh band ‘Fiddling in support of refugees’ and was a private event for the community of Old Hall.
(Ceilidh | noun | a social event with Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing and storytelling)
More information about the Albion Fairs here
and a slide show of all the Albion fairs
Two other significant fairs in the nineties was ‘The Old Hall Extravaganza’ which celebrated 20 years of Old Hall, and ‘The Silver Moon’ Festival, celebrating 25 years old Old Hall.